A road movie in which the car breaks down. Few films I've seen depict the harsh realities of that constitute life for so many Americans in the 21st century, and yet Kelly Reichardt allows for a relationship of emotional depth between a woman and her dog, a few scattered moments of tenderness, and shoots powerful 16mm images.
While I respect Reichardt I can say sometimes her cinema comes off more procedural than cinematic. This has fine moments, in particular, it's ending but I just feel like there is more that can be squeezed out of this and she is holding back for the sake of the aesthetic she's established.
The tone of this movie is so dark, bitter, also stifling and I was nearly unable to breathe. It reminded me of the Manchester by the sea which was also acted by Michelle Williams. Then I was thinking how that movie out stands this one, result being that the loss of the deaths of children seems to be less bearable which may invoke the most heavy melancholy.
Perhaps part of a post-GFC 'cinema of decline', this is a deeply moving and well acted portrait of a woman with few resources to fall back on and a ragged dog for company. Commendably, the film doesn't condescend to its audience with needless background on its protagonist's life story. Set in a nowhere land of small town stores and empty streets, it is probably Kelly Reichardt's best film to date.
Maybe my heart was a little underdeveloped when I first saw this, but there’s no way you can watch a Kelly Reichardt film without falling apart and wanting to hug someone because Reichardt’s movies are all about isolation and an inarticulable need humans have for the simplest of connections. Lucy.
A simple movie but not at all simple in mind. Very effective with few resources. A indie drama about the realism of everday struggle, people and places, low life. Michelle Williams is natural here. Good acting. Fine effort from the director. Instantly liked her approach about filmmaking. The ending was very good, emotional of course. 7.25/10
The piece where Kelly Reichardt formed her reputation for pulling grandeur from silences and mundane relationships. I don't know if she's on the record for paying homage to Bicycle Thieves, but this is as deeply felt a depiction of economic desperation and the pain it wreaks on our human (or animal) connections.
Reichardt kind of reproduces "Old Joy" with her minimalist style. She is close from her actress and get the best of her. I like the fact that she does not explain much (because we don´t need to know and because it creates a narrative tension). I understand there is nothing revolutionary about her cinema but i like it, it is way more touching as a lot of films today. Simple and true.